Easter morning sunrise. All that beautiful snow … caused our flight to Mexico to be canceled last Wednesday. So, what better way to celebrate than to head out to church early (7:30 AM service!) and then make a fabulous champagne brunch?
I wanted to start with something “fancy” so I made a lobster, mango, avocado salad with citrus vinaigrette. No recipe, just throw things together and serve on arugula. Such an indulgent brunch called for something a little healthy — steamed asparagus drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice, sprinkled with lemon zest and sea salt. No recipe, just wing it. Ina Garten’s recipes are fool-proof — her spinach and cheddar soufflé was diva-licious. Follow her recipe to the letter and it’s a snap to make Ina’s Soufflé.
Ina’s spinach and cheddar cheese soufflé
Mimi’s lobster salad
Don’t forget the champagne … Deutz Brut Classic — one of my favorites!
I love Easter. It’s perfect for brunch, my favorite meal to cook and to eat. We don’t do brunch often because, if you do it right, it takes up the entire afternoon and requires a nap to recover. I think Bobby Flay is the MAN when it comes to making a brunch that kicks butt and I confess that I am a “Flay-fanatic”. I saw him bake monkey bread on TV and became obsessed with making it as well. I even researched baking with yeast at high altitude and adjusted the recipe because I was in Denver. It was worth every ounce of effort.
Our celebration included 2 baby girls, one is just over 2 years old. She is just about the most entertaining human being on earth. All 2 year olds are slightly crazy and everything is fun! We staged an “eggstravaganza” for her … plastic eggs with candy hidden around our apartment. She is VERY clever and found them all!
Snow Peas Stuffed with Seafood Salad
Broccoli Cheddar Quiche
Potato Chorizo Frittata
Asparagus and Corn Salad with Pea Shoots
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Champagne
Domaine de la Fouquette Cuvee Rose d’Aurore 2012
Fresh Berries and Kiwi
I know it’s not Bobby Flay’s monkey bread (mine didn’t look as good as his). Anyway, here’s a picture of the broccoli cheddar quiche I made that was absolutely diva-licious.
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Easter brings in a fresh start to a wonderful new season. Our holidays are always spent in our beautiful mountaintop community of Buck Hill Falls. Easter was early this year and there wasn’t a flower in sight!! That didn’t stop us from having a massive Easter egg hunt with 47 money filled plastic eggs. The grandchildren love “the hunt” but are a little too old for just candy. They have even taken over the tradition of dyeing and decorating the Easter eggs. I got a special egg labeled “Everyday Divas Celebrations”! There were 13 of us ranging in age from 10 to 91 (four generations). WOW!! The joy of a large family is that there are always plenty of people around to celebrate. As you know my style of cooking has developed around family and fun. I always hope that everyone will relax, reconnect and be happy they made a trip to the mountains!
Savory Ricotta Pie
Assortment of Fancy Olives
Pork Rib Roast
Served with Sherried Prunes
Frisee, Escarole and Raddichio Salad
Mustard Roasted Potatoes
Parmesan Crusted Asparagus
Mixed Berries with Whipped Cream
2003 Quinta do Alqueve Ancestral
The ricotta pie is a tradition in many Italian families. Because it is rich and filling you need very little else as a starter
Check out my pork roast — with decorative crowns courtesy of the friendly butcher. I asked the butcher to french cut the ribs because it makes a very pretty presentation. I was very happy with the way it turned out and so was the family.
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